Ballykilcavan is very much a mixed enterprise: brewery, tourist destination, farm and forestry, and the blog posts are no different. This week, I'm looking at the decline and rise of our native red squirrel in the woods that make up over half the farm, and the role of the elusive pine marten in bringing them back.
For years, I've been telling visitors that our millhouse was built in around 1820, and used to be powered by a timber bladed propellor that turned the gears when the water flowed past it, but the reality looks to be a bit more sophisticated. On Friday last, we opened up the 2 metre deep mill race that runs under the centre of the building. When I got down into it to have a closer look at the mechanism, it's clear that it's a lot more advanced than a simple timber propellor.